Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. - The Youngstown State men's golf team is in fifth place after the opening round of the Horizon League Championships on Friday at the Mission Inn Resort. The Penguins fired an opening round 310.
Leading the event after the first round is Cleveland State who had a 293 while Oakland is one shot back with a 294. In third place is Wright State at 305, Valparaiso is fourth with a 306 and YSU is fifth. Green Bay is in sixth place while Detroit rounds out the field in seventh.
In the individual standings, Bill Gaffney is 10th with a 75, Bryan Yeo is 12th with a 76, Brandon Pluchinsky is 22nd with a 79, D.J. Holub is 26th with an 80 and Steven Sveda carded an 82 and sits in 30th place.
Gaffney had a strong back nine with a one-under par 36 thanks to three birdies. Gaffney birdied 10, 14 and 17 on the back nine after birding one and nine on the front side.
Yeo rebounded from a double-bogey on one to finish with a five-over par round. Following a 39 on the front side, he had an even-par 37 on the back nine that featured birdies on 14 and 15.
Pluchinsky was three over on the front nine and four over on the back side for his round.
Holub had a birdie on eight and 13 to highlight his round. He was even on his back nine through seven holes before a bogey and double bogey gave him a 40.
In making his Horizon League Championships debut, Sveda was at three-over par through 15 holes before double bogeys on the last three holes gave him an 82. He had birdies on two and 14.
Jake Kneen of Oakland and Kyle Gaines from Detroit are tied for first after they each shot opening round one-under-par scores of 75.
The Penguins will play their second round on Saturday morning.